Diwali with a difference. Give it a thoughtCan we do something different this Diwali so that we enjoy the festival and also pass the happiness and joy around us. Yes we can do it.
1. Get kids to make their own simple greeting cards for their friends, grandparents.
2. Organise a small kids interactive session at home, at flats and encourage them by having simple games, drawing/ coloring contests.
3. Mothers can get together and have a 'pooled buffet' of food and sweets for themselves and children.
4. Fathers can supervise the kids and if at all you have to burst crackers go for sparklers and simple wheels rather than bombs and flowerpots. Also do it for the entire group with chances for kids instead of each one bursting everything.
5. Have a heart for the elderly neighbours who are 'home alone' this Diwali, draw them out or visit them and say a few kinds words and gift them some of the special food that's at your home.
6. Think of the poor and underprivliged, gift them a gift box (no cash) that would have stuff that's always at home (a simple box with the extra sweets that are always at home, an useful stationary item, some chocolates or a small toy or clean clothes). You don't need to go too far, just look around your neighbourhood, there will be people who can do with a little kind gesture.
7.After the festival, there would be extra food and sweets that would be perishable. Instead or dumping them or leaving them outside, please give it with dignity and a smile to the maid staff, security staff, people who clean the cars, flower or vegetable vendors. If there a small gift items that are not mandatory for us please distribute that too.
8.Round up the older kids and 'safely' clean the mess (dry papers,cracker remnants) that I'm sure would be made by our fellow humans. Take some pictures and put it up on social media or contact the local papers to highlight the Kids gesture for a eco-friendly and humane Diwali, I'm sure people will find it inspiring.
7.Lastly, ask the children to write a short summary of what they did different this Diwali.
Please feel free to improvise and contribute